Frequently Asked Questions

Accessibility

What about accessibility?

Here are some resources that are helpful for making our courses accessible.

Mapping Access - Accessible Teaching in the Time of COViD-19

Synchronous Sessions

How do I prepare students for participating in synchronous sessions?

Schedule a long Zoom session for students to log in to at their convenience and test their speakers, mic, and webcams. (You don't have to be present - or you can be, it's up to you.) Perhaps have them leave a message in the chat to show they were there. This will help them get acclimated to the environment. If they have trouble logging in to Zoom or with their device, they should contact the Help Desk at 479-524-7256. It's best to do this before their first Zoom class session to work out any technical issues before class. Another option would be to plan the first 30 minutes of class to be a sort of online orientation. 

How do I do this online?

Have a question about how to do something online that you usually do in a classroom? Ask an instructional designer at ATLAS. 

 

Can whiteboards be saved in Zoom?

Yes. There is a save button at the top of the Zoom white board feature. When you save the whiteboard is saved to your Documents/Zoom folder. They may be opened and saved as a .png file. 

 

Can students create Zoom sessions for working with a partner or group?

Yes. If students access Zoom through the Eaglenet page, they may create sessions from there.

 

What options are there for students who need to collaborate on a white board, slides, or a document? 

Students may use Zoom to meet. See above question about how to do that. They may use the white board in Zoom and save it. Or they could use Office 365 Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and One Note. One Note has a Draw feature that is good for working out problems. One student would create the document and share it with the others. They can then talk in Zoom while working on it in real time. Or use their phones on speaker phone. Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Draw are more options collaborating. Canva works great for collaborating on graphic design projects like infographics, flyers. Padlet works well for collaboration too. One student creates it and shares it with the others.  Lots of options!

 

Testing

What programs are available for monitored testing? 

While we currently don't subscribe to any of the market tools that do test monitoring, you could host a Zoom session for the test and have students leave their webcams on during the test and monitor that way.

What about giving exams online?

Exams can be built in Blackboard and students may take them online. Many question types are available. Multiple choice tests offer auto-grading. Respondus is software that is available to faculty for building tests for Blackboard, but test and quizzes can be built directly in Blackboard as well. Another option would be to attach the exam as a Word document that students could fill out and then submit to Blackboard. Using open-ended questions, written assignments, or project-based assessments are good options for online assessments.